WIP Maritime Blues

Sometimes painting is like therapy.  With this method or style of painting I can be free to do whatever.  I am developing the style with each painting. Works great for me when life is just too busy... or I feel I need to accomplish something - or I have way too many detail paintings in play.... or all of the above. I have been calling this technique poured paintings... reminds me more of batik.  The stage below is how it looks once I have removed all the layers of masking and prior to bringing out the detail.  Reminds me of a serigraph. Watercolor - mussel shellsAnyway, I start our with a solid loose drawing.  In this case, I painting the pale yellow bits prior to applying the first mask. The first wash was a mixture of Payne's Grey, Potters Pink and Genuine Rose Madder.  Apply mask. The second pour was a mixture of Cobalt blue and Neutral Tint. Mask The third pour was a mixture of Cobalt Blue, Indigo and Neutral Tint.  Mask The fourth pour was a mixture of Ultramarine Violet and Indigo. Mask The final pour was a mixture of Raw SIenna and Neutral TInt. Remove mask.  This is actually a work out. You are not supposed to abuse the paper and rub real hard.  Although the urge to climb on the painting to remove the stuff is quite hard to resist. (pardon the pun)  I did not resist.

A few key points when working with mask: Always allow for it to dry completely before you apply paint - and NEVER use a hairdryer to speed up drying time.  Remove the mask as soon as possible.   Another reason that I really like this technique is that you have to work fast to get the this point.  You run the risk of the mask not coming off or tinting the painting it you leave it on for too long. This process has taken me five days to get to the removal stage.

Peppermint Candy Petunias

Somehow, the whole time I was working on this painting, I kept thinking about Peppermint Candies.  You know, the ones with the swirl of red and swirl of white?   It first occured to me as I was sketching them out - and then as I started to apply the watercolor paint I just kept thinking about them.  
Awhile back, I checked on my framing inventory and realized I had five really nice frame sets for watercolor paintings and so I set out to complete five in one month.  And I did it.  This is the last piece that I told myself I had to do in this timeframe.  
I love the colors of this flower.  The pinks are flaming and yet there are so many subtle shades.  The photos that I worked from were actually more on the bluish side - I chose to modify the colors to the impression they had on me.
This painting is 12.5 x 8" wide (unframed size) and is painted on Arches 300lb paper.

Nothing like a pending deadline to motivate an artist!

Fushia Delight

I am so excited to be participating in the Kings County Studio Tour this June 9th and 10th - http://www.studiotour-nb.com/  .  This means, of course, I have to be prepared.  Now I have been painting for quite awhile getting ready for a solo exhibit "Full Spectrum" to be hung at the Imperial Theatre the end of August this year.  So I have a lot of really large paintings completed for this.  The gap I have is for smaller pieces.

So what does any artist operating under self imposed deadlines do? Why I checked my framing inventory and, this time wrote the sizes down and went searching for subjects that would be fun to paint and coordinate with my three burgundy frames and two gold ones.

Two Beez

So far so good, I have two completed and the others are lightly drawn out.  There are more petunias, a different variety, pretty lillies (I have no idea which variety) and apple blossoms.  I will be ready for any color other than pink.  Oh, by the way, I have a large painting in progress - pretty pink peonies under way as well.  More to follow on this one -just likely not too soon!

Summer Wine Shades - Tree Peony

My husband and I make wine - and every year we make a summer wine, usually a blush. One of the most appealing characteristics of summer wines are in it's beautiful colours. Soft yet distinct shades of raspberry, pinks and soft wines shades.

This lovely bloom is a tree peony that grows in the corner of our garden off our pergola. It is beautifully custom framed, double matteted with a wine coloured inner mat. This is the second full sheet watercolour that I have painted. Truly a labour of love. Framed size is 28 x 38".